A fully-curated, brand new art fair named STRARTA Art Fair, in which 30 international galleries will participate, opens in the hip Saatchi gallery in the heart of Chelsea in London on Wednesday. The exhibition will continue till Sunday.
Artwork on view will include paintings, drawings, limited edition prints, photography, sculptures and multimedia works. It will showcase original works by new, young and emerging artists, as well as established names. Lesley Samms from the organisers LMG Evens said: “Market research shows that while London is Europe’s premier showcase for international art, there is a deep longing for a handpicked art event…”
Five curators — Ben Moore, David Powell, Griselda Bear, Nikki Tompsett & Martin Everett and Piet de Jonge — have composed special curated space on the top floor. STRARTA will host a series of talks and tours. A special feature of this fair will be the exhibition of three artists based in Calcutta — Sumitro Basak, Shreyasi Chatterjee and Kingshuk Sarkar. This show is being curated by Griselda Bear in association with CIMA Gallery as all three artists have shown exclusively at this Calcutta-based venue.
According to a press release, “These artists…reflect and demonstrate in highly individual ways the international cross-currents as well as the local traditions that are deeply embedded in the rich cultural life of Calcutta where they live and work.”
Sumitro Basak, the youngest of the three, was trained at Kala Bhavan. He wants to hold a mirror to our fractured, fast-changing times, and it is the narrative that matters in his art.
Shreyasi Chatterjee was trained at Kala Bhavan and Goldsmiths, University of London. In her works, the traditional and rural are being edged out by the modern and urban, and this is reflected in her choice of materials for her works. She combines traditional fabrics and stitching with painting in acrylic on canvas.
Kingshuk Sarkar, like Basak and Chatterjee, studied art at Kala Bhavan and later at Kyoto University where he trained in Japanese traditions and techniques of calligraphy and sumi painting. The monumental diptych in this exhibition reflects and depicts these interests as well as ominous spectres from his childhood when he lived in a strife-torn Assam.
Griselda Bear comments: “My long-standing aim is to seek out artists elsewhere who demonstrate stature in their work of a kind that will stimulate and interest audiences here. When this is successful it has a powerful two-way effect of introducing exhibition visitors to new, international practice in the arts and also, importantly, of enabling the artists to develop further by seeing their work in a wider context.”
Calcutta artists in
- Sumitro Basak
- Shreyasi Chatterjee
- Kingshuk Sarkar
Venue: Saatchi Gallery
Duration: October 11-13